Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2016

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Wednesday 19th Oct 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in The Tee Room, (on Banks Road, West Kirby)
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to articipate and anyone trying something new. It's free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Sat 22nd October, 9 - 1pmtwitter logofacebook logo
West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including new stall - Ormskirk-based Smithy Mushrooms, with their home grown oyster & shiitake mushrooms and more. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby.

Sunday 23rd October 10.30am - 2pm (approx)
Fungus Foray

A guided walk with herbalist Jesper Launder.
Discover the fungi on Caldy Hill and find out what's edible and what's not. Followed by mushrooms on toast!
Suggested donation of 12.50 per head to cover costs. Numbers limited, so early booking advised -

Tuesday, 25th October, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Hedge laying skills share

In Grange Park, West Kirby
You are invited to join Wirral Countryside Volunteers and members of the Friends of Grange Community Park to learn hedge laying skills.
Children are also welcome to help with light maintenance work in the park and community orchard.
We meet at the end of the cul-de-sac of Somerset Rd., CH48 6EJ.
More information: 0151 625 9974.
West Kirby Passiv Haus
Thurs 3rd November, 7pm
Present a talk by Colin Usher BSc (Hons), Dip Arch RIBA
Designing and Constructing a Simplified Passive House for the UK Maritime Climate

A Transition Town Energy Group presentation
At West Kirby Arts Centre
Free entry with bar, tea and coffee (donation to TTWK welcome)
No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use Concourse car park.

Monday 21st Nov 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in Nine Leaves Tea Lounge, nearby Hoylake Station
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to participate and anyone trying something new. It's free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Incredible Edible Group

Community Orchard
- maintenance by Incredible Edibles and the Friends of Grange Community Park- next sessions Friday, October 28th, 10-11 a.m. and Saturday, November 12th, 3-4 p.m. Meet at the Scout hut in Grange Cemetery, Lang Lane entrance. For information ring 625 9974.
Sandlea Park - the dynamic Friends Group are regenerating old beds and have begun planting shrubs and perennials, while Incredible Edibles continue with their productive and ornamental central area.
Apple Avenue - No formal sessions at present but we have bid to Wirral West Constituency Fund for more sessions and for silk screen printing workshops to make new signs.
Banks Road - we have a new planter, outside Green Onions café and are already getting some food production going down at the other end of town, brightening it also with pansies.
To Join Incredible Edibles, please ring 07724 175779 or 625 9974. You would be welcome at our next meeting on Thursday, October 20th at 2 p.m. in the Library, followed by some work on the Concourse planter.

Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade

Friday, 11th November, 5:30pm
Meet at Coronation Gardens, South Parade
Our annual lantern parade for all the family to celebrate peace and sharing, Travelling Light combines Armistice Day with the German tradition of St Martin's Day. Bring a torch or a lantern. We start at Coronation Gardens with a moment of quiet reflection, music from local choirs and the singing of a traditional German St Martin's Day song. Follow the drummers as we walk along West Kirby promenade to the beach at Dee Lane. Watch a re-enactment of St Martin's story, share a St Martin's biscuit with fellow parade goers in a gesture of peace, and enjoy music and perhaps a little dancing round a bonfire on the beach. This year, you can help to make a lantern horse for St Martin to ride ... see our lantern making workshops above!

Lantern making workshops for all ages:

Evening lantern making sessions at Coronation Buildings, Greenbank Road: probably Wednesday 26th October and 2nd November, 7.30 - 9.30pm, call beforehand to check.
Half-Term sessions at West Kirby Library: Wednesday and Thursday, 26th and 27th October from 10:30am - 2:30pm.
Tuesday workshops with the Drop In Centre, United Reformed Church Hall: 1st and 8th November, 10:30am - 1.30pm.
For details please contact 0151 625 9974.
Workshops are free, but 5 donation will be appreciated towards costs.

West Kirby Messenger

If you are involved in community activities happening in or around West Kirby and would like them to be publicised, please let us know.
Deadline for submissions for the winter issue is Tuesday, 1st November.
For more information or further offers of help you can call 0151 6259974 or
We also would like to hear from you, if you want to advertise your business / services.

Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk

October 2016 Round Up

Last month saw the beginning of the 2016/7 TTWK Energy Group lecture series. The event on 6th October was a showing of the film 11th Hour which documents the challenges facing the Earth's life systems and presents some possible solutions to them. This was followed by a lively discussion of the issues raised in the film.

On Thursday, 13th October, members of TTWK took part in an event at Hilbre High School to showcase the projects that have applied for funding from the Wirral West Constituency Community Fund. We have submitted an application for Apple Avenue maintenance sessions and three silk screen printing workshops under the title "Love where you live". The public decides which projects will be funded by voting for their favourites. You can vote online HERE
On the 1st October, the West Kirby Arts Centre hosted a well-attended event to showcase the book, Brunt Boggart, by David Greygoose. There was a captivating combination of David's reading of the first chapter of his book accompanied by an atmospheric audiovisual display, beautiful music from The Kirk Owls, playing both on their own and in combination with stories from Andy Johnson and the Storyfest Tellers (an off-shoot of Mellow Yellow activity), Emily Portman and Alison Parker and The Last Nails. The performers and audience created a warm, friendly and magical evening.

Finally, this month sees our annual Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade on 11th November; meet at Coronation Gardens for a 5:30pm start. Marko is already deep into his lantern making workshops. There are still opportunities for you to make a lantern for yourself or to contribute to making/repairing large lanterns for the parade (details below). This year, the children at St Bridget's Primary School are making white peace poppies. Their lanterns are always a delight and we look forward to seeing them at the Parade. Bring a lantern, or bring a torch, and join us to help shine a light on peace.

Regional Transition Activities

On Monday, 3rd October, Nick Drew is putting on an environment day in Heswall, with events in the daytime and evening, around a theme of water.

On Saturday, 15th October, Transition Liverpool have their annual symposium: Radical Shift: Building Sustainable Futures For A Devolved Liverpool City Region; 9:30am - 4:30pm, Friends Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. Book through

Who are we?

...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

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What are our plans?

People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.

Contact us - stay informed

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If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.

West Kirby Farmers' Market

A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website

TTWK national allotment report

Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.

Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide

In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

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